Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in Mexico instead of Belize, you would:

Health

be 84.2% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In Belize, 1.9% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In Mexico, that number is 0.3% of people.

live 7.2 years longer


In Belize, the average life expectancy is 69 years (67 years for men, 71 years for women). In Mexico, that number is 76 years (73 years for men, 79 years for women).

be 19.9% more likely to be obese


In Belize, 24.1% of adults are obese. In Mexico, that number is 28.9% of people.

Economy

make 2.4 times more money


Belize has a GDP per capita of $8,300, while in Mexico, the GDP per capita is $19,900.

be 64.4% less likely to be unemployed


In Belize, 10.1% of adults are unemployed. In Mexico, that number is 3.6%.

be 12.7% more likely to be live below the poverty line


In Belize, 41.0% live below the poverty line. In Mexico, however, that number is 46.2%.

Life

be 38.6% less likely to die during infancy


In Belize, approximately 18.9 children die before they reach the age of one. In Mexico, on the other hand, 11.6 children do.

be 35.7% more likely to die during childbirth


In Belize, approximately 28.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In Mexico, 38.0 women do.

have 23.7% less children


In Belize, there are approximately 24.0 babies per 1,000 people. In Mexico, there are 18.3 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 33.4% more likely to have internet access


In Belize, approximately 44.6% of the population has internet access. In Mexico, about 59.5% do.

Expenditures

spend 28.4% less on education


Belize spends 7.4% of its total GDP on education. Mexico spends 5.3% of total GDP on education.

Geography

see 24.2 times more coastline


Belize has a total of 386 km of coastline. In Mexico, that number is 9,330 km.

Mexico: At a glance

Mexico is a sovereign country in North America, with a total land area of approximately 1,943,945 sq km. The site of several advanced Amerindian civilizations - including the Olmec, Toltec, Teotihuacan, Zapotec, Maya, and Aztec - Mexico was conquered and colonized by Spain in the early 16th century. Administered as the Viceroyalty of New Spain for three centuries, it achieved its independence early in the 19th century. The global financial crisis beginning in late 2008 caused a massive economic downturn the following year, although growth returned quickly in 2010. Ongoing economic and social concerns include low real wages, underemployment for a large segment of the population, inequitable income distribution, and few advancement opportunities for the largely indigenous population in the impoverished southern states. The elections held in 2000 marked the first time since the 1910 Mexican Revolution that an opposition candidate - Vicente FOX of the National Action Party (PAN) - defeated the party in government, the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). He was succeeded in 2006 by another PAN candidate Felipe CALDERON, but Enrique PENA NIETO regained the presidency for the PRI in 2012. Since 2007, Mexico's powerful drug-trafficking organizations have engaged in bloody feuding, resulting in tens of thousands of drug-related homicides.

How big is Mexico compared to Belize? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook.

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